Family photography is a way of showcasing the love and care of a family. Portraits are a way of creating memories that last generations. Families should have their portrait photography done in an environment that makes them feel safe and that they like to be in together. Studio photographers can get great results, but finding a photographer that will do exactly what a family wants is no easy task. Interviewing many photographers may be necessary to find one that is a good fit with a particular family.
When interviewing the family portrait photographer ask what his or her preferred style is. Find out if that style is compatible with what the family has in mind. Look at the photographer's portfolio. See what his or her strong points are. Make sure the photographer has a clear understanding of what the family wants. A list is always a helpful way to communicate. Also, credentials must be provided. Inquire as to how long the photographer has been shooting film or digital, especially of families. Find out what photographic organizations, if any the photographer belongs to. The organizations can vouch for the credibility of the photographer. Make sure to check references.
Once a photographer has been hired the time should be taken to talk about the family and deciding what location will do for the portrait. Discuss whether the photographer will be shooting in digital portrait photography or film format. Discuss turn around time for prints. Discussion of clothing is also important, as matching all the family members in clothes that compliment each other is best.
Ultimately, the story of a family is told in a portrait. It will last through out the years as a representation of the bond between its members for everyone who looks on it to see.